Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ready...set...create!

It's the first week of the new year, which means it's time for new yarn! I was a good girl through the Christmas season, staying out of the yarn shops and resisting the urge to order online. Today, however, all bets are off and I went shopping for supplies for two new projects.

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The two yarns cuddling up to each other on the left are earmarked for this felted bag. The Knit Nighters are doing this one as a KAL, and although I need another bag like I need another hole in the head, I decided to jump on the bandwagon anyway. I bought Cascade 220 in a heather-y taupe/green shade (#9459) for the main color, and Noro Kureyon in color #95. I hope there's enough difference between the two to allow the colors forming the design to "pop." It'll be a fun experiment!

The other skein of Noro on the right is Silk Garden, color #213, and is destined for a simple pair of fingerless gloves. My hands are always cold in the house, whether I'm working on the computer or knitting, so I hope the gloves will help make them a little more toasty. (I guess washing more dishes could do the trick, too, but that's not nearly as fun!)

Finally, I want to show you a couple of books I got for Christmas. Both are very fun and hopefully will keep my creative juices flowing this year.

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The book on the left has been making the rounds on numerous blogs. It has lots of patterns for cute toys made from socks or gloves. All in Japanese, mind you, but the photos and diagrams really show everything you need to know.

The book on the right has lots of interesting ideas for projects of all sorts. They include lots of writing and reflecting. If you haven't seen the blog devoted to this book, check it out! (Jennifer, this one's right up your alley!)

6 comments:

amanda said...

Leslie that bag will be gorgeous! I love the colors you chose and can't wait to see the fo---so get crackin'!

merry said...

I am in Kansas TOO! Just wanted to say HI! Love the yarn. You're lucky to have a LYS. Closest one to me is 30 miles away.

PlazaJen said...

I wish I could make a living as a professional crafter. :) I LOVE your bag colors. In fact, I'm off to work on mine some more!

Latoya said...

Ooh, I really like the yarns. They look yummy together. Can't wait to see the finished bag.

RheLynn said...

The sock-animal book looks fun! I've seen some completed projects from it over at Crafting Japanese. The yarn colours are yummy too **reminds herself she has a box of yarn from Christmas**

Jeffrey Yamaguchi said...

Thanks for mentioning my book on your excellent blog! I really appreciate that... I was wondering if you had more info on that Japanese book with the patterns made out of socks and gloves? An isbn # or a link to a place that might sell it?... Looks very cool and I'd like to try and find a copy to give to a friend.